[Ontbirds] Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Cheryl Edgecombe cheryle29 at cogeco.ca
Fri Aug 22 09:54:22 EDT 2008

On Friday, August 22nd, 2008, this is the HNC Birding Report:


Bald Eagle
Northern Goshawk
Black-bellied Plover
Solitary Sandpiper
Lesser Yellowlegs
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Wilson's Snipe
Black-billed Cuckoo
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Eastern Wood Pewee
Least Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Blue-winged Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
American Redstart
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Canada Warbler
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Baltimore Oriole
Purple Finch

Increased activity in migration has occurred this week in the Hamilton Study
area.  Specifically, an increase of passerines migrating through the area
has occurred in a number of the traditional spots in the area.

Starting with the highlighted bird this week the AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was
last reported last weekend.  It may still be in the area.  Any updates would
be appreciated.

A good place to visit this week was Courtcliffe Park in Carlisle.  This is a
great spot for several species of flycatchers moving through and one of the
best spots for Olive-sided Flycatcher on migration.  This year was no
exception as during the week Olive-sided along with Great-crested
Flycatcher, Eastern Wood Pewee, Least Flycatcher, Black-billed Cuckoo,
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Warbling Vireo, Eastern Bluebird and Rose-breasted
Grosbeak.  Also in the area on a very lucrative yard list Ruby-throated
Hummingbird, Purple Finch, Baltimore Oriole, Ruby-throated Hummingbird,
Scarlet Tanager (up to 12) and Rose-breasted Grosbeak were reported.

In the Flamborough area, the Hamilton Conservation Area property on the
north side of Safari Road and just east of Valens Road had Northern Goshawk,
Olive-sided Flycatcher, Great-crested and Least Flycatcher, Indigo Bunting,
Chestnut-sided and Blue-winged Warbler, American Redstart, Common
Yellowthroat and Eastern Towhee.

At Shell Park in Oakville, Canada, Wilson's, and a few Magnolia warblers,
American Redstart and Ovenbird were reported yesterday.  Shoreacres/Paletta
in Burlington had Canada and Chestnut-sided Warbler this week.

At Woodland Cemetery a Cape May Warbler was a good find.  Also reported from
here are Osprey, up to three being seen in the week and a couple of Bald
Eagles moving into or through the area.  Osprey and Bald Eagle have also
been seen over the Dundas Marsh/York Road area.

Shorebirds also continue to move through the area with a number of species
being found on 10th Road East just across from the Model Airplane park.
Here on Monday Killdeer, Solitary Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, a lone
Whimbrel, Semipalmated, Least,
Baird's and Pectoral Sandpiper and Wilson's Snipe was seen. Flooded fields
in this area could still produce a rarity.  On Highway 6 and Leeming Road a
flooded field of mostly Killdeer was found but along with them a single
Black-bellied Plover and Lesser Yellowlegs.

In the odds and sods this week, Eastern Bluebirds and Yellow-bellied
Flycatcher were reported from Bronte Creek Provincial Park.  Sandhill Cranes
were heard again last Saturday around the Deer Run Court area of Brantford.

That's the news this week.  Please report your sightings during this
upcoming busy season.

Good birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC Hotline

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